News Roundup July 22, 2016


Jawnts: The sweet sounds of jazz in West Philly's Cedar Park

Most summer Friday nights, the sliver of park between 49th and 50th on Baltimore Avenue fills with people. The attendees are of mixed age and race, and comfortably seated, because most bring folding chairs and blankets to hear jazz in the neighborhood.

There has been jazz in West Philadelphia's Cedar Park for more than 10 years. It's a tradition that so reliably draws a crowd that a crop of vendors sprouts up along the outskirts, selling barbecue, hot dogs, water ice, and other seasonal favorites. Read more.

U.S. Department of Commerce “researching feasibility” of including co-ops in 2017 Economic Census

The U.S. Department of Commerce last week acknowledged receipt of a co-signed letter addressing a decades-long absence of federally-reported data on co-ops and said its Census Bureau is currently “researching the feasibly” of including questions on cooperatives in the 2017 Economic Census.

“The Census Bureau is committed to providing assistance to the cooperative business community by helping to document their existence and assessing their economic impact via our collected statistics,” the letter, addressed to U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), states." Read more.

Bartram's Garden unveils $2.7 million renovation, previews new trail

City officials and local students from Woodlands Academy gathered Thursday morning at Bartram's Garden, the nation's oldest surviving botanic garden, to unveil a $2.7 million restoration project and signal progress on the upcoming Bartram's Mile trail. Read more.

This coalition is working to increase Black voter turnout in Philly

Attorney and activist Michael Coard is concerned for the Black vote, and he has reason to be. Now, more than ever in Coard’s lifetime, there’s a need for Black Philadelphians to register to vote. Read more.

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